Thursday, October 28, 2010

LA Tonight!

So once again I failed to post the Lostaholics Anonymous blog last night (I'm having a super-busy week with the hubby away) but it'll be up tonight. And since we've covered Jack and Kate, I figured we'd complete that triangle with Sawyer. So James Ford will be our topic tonight. And for some ungodly reason, I simply couldn't incite shipper wars last week. I almost considered posting anonymously, but decided against it. ;)

Until then, please enjoy Jim Parsons explaining the word "arachnid" on Sesame Street! (Thanks to Cynthia for the link.)


humanebean said...

You know, it strikes me as relevant in and of itself that your best efforts to invite a Shipper War didn't bring the dragons out of the closet. That sort of nonsense was always a distraction for me from the more interesting topics of discussion surrounding the show. I think that the folks who invested so deeply in the relationship imbroglio are most often just looking for something to be contrarian about.

"What are you rebelling against, Johnny?"
"Whaddya got?"
- Peggy Maley and Marlon Brando in The Wild One

In the interest of fairness, however, it's easier for me to offer this criticism than it is to justify my own obsession with other minutia from the show. Watching scenes 3 or 4 times to make out obscure details in the background, mining dialogue for important clues, inflating my own overarching theories on the mysteries of the show - these are the things I was invested in about the show, and the source of much interesting (and at times hotly contested) debate.

So, I'll give the Shippers a free pass on their individual obsessiveness. ; ]

On the other hand, I do find it relevant that all of them have 'moved on' and 'let it go' (largely while dissing the ending of the show as a betrayal of what they knew all along [see Biscuit, Fish]) while the rest of us are still ruminating and relating.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

I have been looking forward to this discussion for awhile. Oh Sawyer! How do I love thee? Let me count the ways... 4, 8, 15, 16, 23,42...

I love this character. And not just because he's dreamy. There's a lot more to it than that. I'll be there with bells on tonight!

Gillian Whitfield said...

Reason # 42,815 to ♥ Jim Parsons.

I'll be there tonight after the Big Bang Theory!

Joan Crawford said...

What Erin forgot to say was that she'll be there with only bells on.


Linda345 said...

@humanebean "Watching scenes 3 or 4 times to make out obscure details in the background, mining dialogue for important clues"

My recent discovery that is so helpful: turn on the caption feature. How many times have I gone, "What did they just say?" and rewound to catch it. Now, much better. Yes, I am also obsessed and was not obsessed the whole time the show was airing. And it gets worse and worse. (Must. Have. Head. Examined.)

LittleMo said...

ummm - being from the UK this term 'shipper war' is totally new to me. :-(
I have looked it up on wikipedia and think I half understand it !!!
Something to do with imaginary relationships - Kate and Sawyer? (but wasn't that real at least while they were in the cages)
So can someone tell me what a shipper war on last week's Lostaholics might have been about(had it taken place) ?

Thanks :-)

(and no - I'm not trying to create one !)

Nikki Stafford said...

"Shipper" isn't a North American term; it's more of a geek term. ;) A shipper is someone who watches a show primarily for the relationship they see burgeoning between two people, hoping it'll grow into something real. Typically they name their ship as a combo of the names of the people they want together, and in many cases, they set themselves dead against those who are shipping the opposite. In the case of Lost, the Jaters (those who wanted Jack and Kate to end up together) were violently opposed to Skaters (those who wanted Sawyer and Kate together). You get a Jater and a Skater on your comments board and you'd better have your finger on the delete button. Luckily, we're an intelligent and mature group, and the only significant problem I ever had was with a Skater who became a little rude with some of the people here who weren't actually shipping for Jate, but were instead just saying, "Uh... don't really care about the ships, thanks."

Sawyer and Juliet are Suliet. The reason they weren't Jawyer is because that ship name had already been taken back in season 1 by the splinter group who wanted Sawyer and Jack to end up together. ;)

LittleMo said...

Oh great thanks Nikki.
Now I understand

and you last comment about who the Jawyers were in season 1 had me laughing out loud.
(I am just rewatching season 1 at the moment and you could really see the hate and frustration coming out between those two)